Today we’re inviting one of our lovely judges to the blog, to share some crafting brilliance from finalists in the MAD Blog Awards Best Craft Blog category.
We’ll hand you straight over to Maggy from Red Ted Art!
The MAD Blog Awards are drawing nearer and the excitement is rising. I can’t wait to find out who has won which category. In particularly, I am VERY excited to see who YOU VOTED for in the Crafts Category – as, author of Red Ted Art, and winner of the craft awards in 2011 and 2012, I am VERY passionate about this category and super excited to be one of the judges for it.
I am also “secretly” relieved to be able to come to the fantastic MAD Blog Awards ceremony, without those busy butterflies in my stomach. The sense of anticipation and the nerves as to who will win is quite something. This year, I will be able to relax, enjoy the meal and watch one of my fantastic contemporaries walk to the stage. So, in order to wet your appetites, here are some of their favourite crafts from the years gone by.
First up: Me and My Shadow
Liz from Me and My Shadow has been on the craft scene for some while. She has recently revamped the look of her blog and it is GORGEOUS. Liz’s crafts are broad and varied but usually have a recycled feel to them or are “foraged”. Queen of thrifty finds and turning old to new, I would like to share these crafts as examples:
These cork mini beasts are super adorable. I love the frugalness of upcycling corks. Love the googly eyes (of course) and love simply how CUTE they. They would be great fun for a bug hunt in the garden.
Adore this very clever idea of creating water colours from FLOWERS. How cool is that? Pick some flowers (make sure you are allowed to first), create your own paint and then get arty!
Next we have Captured by Lucy
Captured by Lucy is a beautiful blog packed with a range of beautiful ideas – from photography, to parenting, to food and of course crafts. A blog to literally drool over… lots to look at and explore and somewhere you can get lost in for hours.
First example of one of Lucy’s wonderful posts are these delicious looking Mini Milks (I tell you, I will be shoving some of these in the freezer ASAP). They look delicious. They ARE delicious and of course are healthy too.
Love this idea for scented firelighters – just looks delicious and makes me want to get rid of our gas fire place and go back to old traditional coal. Wonderful.
Third we have My Little 3 and Me
A relative new-comer to the blogging scene is Emma from My Little 3 and Me. She may be new, but she has wowed us all with her crafts and ideas. Lots of fresh and fun ideas converting every day household items into great kids crafts.
Just check out this fantastic Dragon “hobby horse”. Can you guess what it is made from? The humble cereal box. Yep! Fantastic! Yep. Seriously cool. Be sure to check it out.
Showing us that she has a sense of humour AND that she is a mum of boys, she made this, uhm, great (?) Dog Poo for April fools. I have to say, it looks pretty realistic and I can see this going down VERY well with a certain 5 year old in my house!
Fourth we have The Imagination Tree
The Imagination Tree is packed with original activities that help nurture and develop your children. From sensory tubs, to playdough to maths games. All of them are fun fun fun. Of course you will find a good amount of crafts to inspire you. Add some lovely photography and you have a great blog.
Try your hand at these Waldorf inspired peg flower fairy dolls. They are super cute and I can just see all the wonderful play opportunities coming from this.
A great example of how The Imagination Tree makes pretty crafts with her girls, but also makes the craft super “accessible” to them. Here are some pretty recycled flowers they made.
Last but not least: Rainy Day Mum
Rainy Day Mum has a great website perfect for tots and pre-schoolers. They are a wonderful age group to do activities with, but at the same time a TRICKY age group – as many skills are only just emerging. Rainy Day Mum has idea after idea to make crafts fun and “do-able”, as well as educational.
A recent activity is this adorable “Eric Carle” Flower – a great way to get kids involved and discuss how this famous illustrator works.
An adorable Caterpillar Cress Craft for kids – combining the opportunity to learn about things growing with making and super easy for very small hands to help make.
So. Those are our MADS finalists. Now, I can’t wait to find out WHO WILL WIN!!!
About Maggy Woodley: Maggy is an experience craft blogger and mum of two. She has recently published the very popular kids craft books Red Ted Art, Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids! Which will keep you busy throughout all seasons and for many years to come.